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Marijuana museum for high rollers opens in Vegas

Sept 21,2018
Fake marijuana plants are on display at the Cannabition Cannabis Museum in Las Vegas. The museum celebrating all things cannabis with displays that include a glass bong taller than a giraffe and huggable faux marijuana buds is the newest tourist attraction in Las Vegas. [AP]
LAS VEGAS - A glass bong taller than a giraffe. Huggable faux marijuana buds. A pool full of foam weed nuggets. Las Vegas’ newest attraction - and Instagram backdrop - is a museum celebrating all things cannabis. Nobody will be allowed to light up at Cannabition when it opens Thursday because of a Nevada ban on public consumption of marijuana, but visitors can learn about the drug as they snap photos. It’s a made-for-social-media museum where every exhibit encourages selfies.

The facility - whose founder says has a goal of destigmatizing marijuana use - will likely land among the talking points officials and others use to try to draw gambling-resistant millennials to Sin City. It will welcome its first visitors almost 15 months after adults in Nevada began buying recreational marijuana legally, with sales far exceeding state projections.

“Our goal when people come out of this is that they don’t fear the cannabis industry if they are not believers in the industry,’’ said founder J.J. Walker.

Photo ops are available under a glow-in-the-dark tree, next to a giant marijuana leaf meant to represent an edible gummy and by a 24-foot-tall glass bong that’s dubbed “Bongzilla’’ and billed as the world’s largest.

This museum in Las Vegas’ downtown entertainment district is not the Smithsonian of marijuana, but it has some educational components. Guests get an introduction from museum guides on how concentrates are made and the differences between indica and sativa cannabis strains.